Watford Museum has purchased a watercolour painting of Oxhey Park by famous local artist Beatrice Parsons.
The painting, known as The Bluebell Wood – Oxhey (pictured), which shows the River Colne flowing through the park and the wonderful array of trees and bluebells that can be find at the open space, was purchased from the art dealership Abbott and Holder thanks to £1,350 funding from the Hertfordshire Heritage Fund and £400 from the Friends of Watford Museum.
One of the leading English painters of gardens, the addition of Beatrice Parsons’ work to Watford Museum’s art collection will be the first painting of Oxhey Park owned by the museum and improve the representation of female artists.
It will highlight the work of the local painter who lived at 63 Kingsfield Road in Oxhey to residents in the town.
Miss Parsons’ work was also exhibited at the Royal Academy and she also occasionally produced religious paintings, with one of these known as Annunciation, bought for £38,812 in New York, which set a new world auction record for her work.